Although I’m not massively educated when it comes to technology, I do have an eye for what looks good and that translates through to pieces like my phone, my camera and my laptop etc. With one of my goals being to try cut down on the amount of time I have the TV on unnecessarily, having a radio that integrates stylishly into my living room was something I was on the hunt for.
The third generation Ruark R2 radio from Ruark Audio fits the bill perfectly. With amazing sound quality and a design aesthetic to make any interiors fan melt, this model really is a great investment. With it styled perfectly on my walnut mid-century inspired sideboard, I wanted to share seven reasons why the award winning Ruark R2 is worth its price tag.
With DAB/FM and Internet radio tuners built into the design, the Ruark R2 can receive radio stations globally. Built-in DAB+ also ensures it’s ready for additional stations in the UK, launching next year.
The R2 is Spotify Connect ready and with a Spotify Premium account you can select R2 as your playback device and then pause/skip tunes using the controls. With access to over 20 million songs, you’ll be able to both discover new music and enjoy your old favourites.
Handcrafted from a selection of wood, metals and man-made materials, the wooden cabinet is designed to give the best sound quality and is clad in a choice if walnut, soft white or black lacquers. Products covered in buttons can sometimes look less pleasing on the eye, so the brand’s RotoDial control system provides a minimalist solution. I absolutely adore the walnut finish of mine.
The R2 is perfect for the bedroom with integrated customisable twin alarms, with the choice of sounds and levels to wake you in the way you want. There’s also the addition of adjustable snooze and sleep timers for those that struggle to get up on the first alarm.
On the front panel of the radio, a headphone output features along with a switchable line input allowing easy connection of auxiliary audio devices. A great function of the headphone output is that the volume is “remembered” separately from the main speaker volume, so when the headphones are unplugged the volume returns to the last level used. Clever right?
Programme and set-up information are displayed with clarity on the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display. The great thing about this display is that it retains its vivid clearness at any viewing angle and the display brightness can be adjusted to suit your needs, both in active and standby modes.
To the rear of the panel is a multi-use USB socket. At its simplest, you can use it to charge your phone conveniently, but it’s also a playback port which allows you to connect a USB memory stick or portable hard drive featuring your favourite music.
So there you have it, seven reasons why I think you should invest in the Ruark R2 if you’re looking for a stylish bit of technology in the January sales. Although stockists are carefully chosen, I do know you can pick up the R2 in either John Lewis or Selfridges. And while you’re there, make sure you check you the R7 – it’s about to go on my wishlist for when I move into my new home.
*Post in partnership with Ruark Radio